Q. Could you please share information about photographing artwork? (From Jerry R., who shows his work at the Talisman Gallery.)
A. For website photos it’s probably best to shoot with a digital camera so it can go directly onto your site via electronic means, thus bypassing the film stage. If you have never used one, however, it can be a bit difficult compared to film photography. I still use film for my personal records because I get far better color accuracy. The color resolution of 35mm film is the equivalent of 10 million pixels, compared to 5 million in the hottest new digital cameras available to the average person. Of course, if you care to spend big money for the kind of camera used in professional color publishing, that’s different.
I shot all of the paintings in my Alla Prima book on Ektachrome © 7058 4X5 Daylight sheet film (which has 9 times the resolution of 35mm film and 10 times the resolution of the average digital image), under 16 - 5000k florescent lights hung 10 feet above and slightly in front of my artwork using a view camerA. As backup, I also used Ektachrome © 120 film (Daylight, ASA 200) in a Hasselblad 500C camerA. With my lights at that distance and angle, glare was minimized. Of course with very heavy brushwork some glare is inevitable, but for publishing or other reproduction, your image can be digitized and the glare removed in a color program such as Photoshop© or Photoimpact©.